SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – According to the reports, Pope Francis made the remarks during his weekly general audience devoted to the role of fathers in the family.
“One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them,’” Francis said.
“How beautiful!” Francis remarked. “He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.”
The Rev. Thomas Rosica said the pope was obviously not speaking about committing violence or cruelty against a child but rather about “helping someone to grow and mature.”